- File Size: 662 KB
- Print Length: 219 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: September 15, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00F849FMM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,276,018 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
I found myself excited thinking about opening up my tablet and finding out what would happen next. I loved the mix of poetry and novel, and the fact that the characters were book lovers themselves was an added bonus. The storytelling telling reminded me of a cross between Sidney Sheldon and Nora Roberts (Two of my favourite authors).
Bart Stewart has a beautiful gift, one I hope he will continue to share with us book lovers.
Penny meets Lyle, the manager of an indie bookstore, and she is immediately drawn to him. He convinces her to keep their relationship secret. He's dangerous and exciting and she can't seem to get enough of him. They finally do have sex and the first time has some detail (but it's not graphic) and then it's implied after that.
Penny is stunned when Lyle explains his plan to her. However, she thinks it's ridiculous and thinks there's no way they'll get away with it, so she agrees to it. She figures they'll try and fail and then they can carry on their relationship as they had before. She's amazed when it appears that they will actually pull this con off. Then everything spins out of control and the ending was a surprise to me.
I liked Penny at the beginning but once she got involved in the con and continued with it, she became harder for me to like. I felt like she had opportunities to come clean but chose not to so I didn't see her as a victim after a while. I knew going in that Lyle was a bad guy. I could understand Penny's initial attraction to him, especially since she was going through a transition herself, but kept hoping she would come to her senses. Lyle does a good job of emotionally and psychologically controlling Penny and is a mystery all the way until the end. How bad is he really? You'll have to read it to find out!
I enjoyed Mr. Stewart's writing style and this book is well-written. The ending is suspenseful and was hard to put down. I'm still not sure how the ending sits with me, though. If this is the type of book you enjoy reading, you will definitely want to read this one!
Content: Sex (some detail, not graphic), there is a scene where he exerts mild violence toward her, mild swearing.
I received a copy of this book to review. My opinion is 100% my own.
Painter of the Heavens is a compelling psychological suspense by debut author Bart Stewart. The author pulls you in by telling the story mostly from protagonist Penny Sturdevant’s point of view.
Recently divorced and turning thirty, Penny is a likable character at a crossroads in her life. Penny really wants to be part of something, but she hasn’t figured out what it is yet. Everything changes when she meets bookstore owner Lyle Chilton. Penny and Lyle’s attraction is instantaneous. She loves Lyle’s looks, finds him interesting, and also senses that there is something special about him. Even though she has reservations about his request for a secret relationship, Penny falls hard for Lyle and complies with his request. Penny is a loyal character and willingly Lyle’s manipulations because of her growing feeling for him. Lyle is a forger and a con man and needs Penny to help him pull off his biggest forgery to date. Lyle is a complicated character, and when he is tender and living with Penny, he is endearing. But Lyle is a schemer, and you just don’t know what his true plans or his feelings are toward Penny are, which makes him difficult character to like. When the forgery scheme fails in a spectacular fashion, Penny and Lyle find themselves on the run from the law. Even though I wasn’t emotionally attached to the main characters, I was completely captivated by their growing relationship and the variety of circumstances they found themselves in, which kept me turning pages to discover what would happen next. At one point in the story, the point of view shifts away from Penny, which I found a bit distracting and it pulled me out of the story. In the end, though, I needed to see how this story would conclude. Let me tell you Stewart doesn’t disappoint because I didn’t see that ending coming at all!
A unique plot with twists aplenty and intriguing characters make Painter of the Heavens a satisfying read.
I received an eBook copy of the book for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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